Associate Professor, Resident Dramaturg and Alpha Psi Omega Advisor
Jane Barnette received her M.A. (1996) and Ph.D. (2003) in Theatre History, Criticism, and Literature within the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin. Before graduate school, she studied performance studies at Northwestern Univeresity, where she graduated with highest distinction in 1994 with a double-major in theatre and women’s studies. In 2006, after three years on the graduate faculty of Bowling Green State University, Barnette joined the TPS faculty at Kennesaw State University, where she currently serves as resident dramaturg, faculty advisor for Alpha Psi Omega (the national honor society for theatre), and program review consultant.
Barnette teaches classes in history, theory, literature, dramaturgy, and general education. Her production credits reflect her generalist education in theatre and performance studies as well as her dedication to the combination of scholarship and artistry. As such, Barnette has worked as a director, actor, dancer, and designer (makeup and costume) in Austin and Chicago. Favorite performances include Anouilh’s Antigone (Director, BGSU), “Reagan” in a Bunraku-puppet version of King Lear (Austin), and “Charlotte Perkins Gilman” in Ann Shanahan’s adaptation of The Yellow Wallpaper (Northwestern University). More recently, as the dramaturg for the departmental season, she has directed her research and creative efforts in support of KSU's award-winning productions of Moby-Dick, Urinetown, Everything that Rises Must Converge, The Glass Menagerie, and The Laramie Project, among others. Examples of Barnette's dramaturgy can be seen at these websites.
Barnette is the author of “Rail-izing the Nation Along Lake Michigan: The Wheels a-Rolling Pageant,” which appeared in Theatre Symposium 17 (2008) and stems from her research interests in the intersections of popular culture and the railroad business. The genesis of this focus is evident in her dissertation, Locomotive Leisure: The Effects of Railroads on Chicago-Area Theatre, 1870-1920. Her articles and reviews have also appeared in The Writer’s Block, Theatre InSight, and Theatre Journal. She is a recipient of UT-Austin Graduate School’s Continuing Fellowship (2000-01) as well as the American Society for Theatre Research’s Dissertation Fellowship (2000), both of which helped to fund her travel expenses for archival research in the Newberry Library and the Chicago Historical Society. She is a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the American Society for Theatre Research, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and the Southeastern Theatre Conference.
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